CLEAN ENERGY: Wisconsin regulators open an investigation into how the state can meet long-term goals of maintaining affordability and reliability as it transitions to clean energy. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• A federal judge halts oil and gas development in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest after a ruling last year found federal officials didn’t adequately consider the project’s impacts. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• North Dakota’s oil production declined earlier this year after high winds caused power outages, state officials report. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A work stoppage caused by an ongoing contract dispute with employees at a Minnesota refinery enters its second month with no end in sight. (Star Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Consumers Energy plans to buy 140 MW of capacity from a 200 MW solar project planned in southwestern Michigan. (Renewables Now)
• A Minnesota lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would allow for solar projects on “prime farmland” under certain conditions. (Northfield News)
• Local officials move forward with plans for a 75 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin. (Daily Jefferson County Union)
• Ohio solar developers say state legislation that would allow local referendums on renewable energy projects would “almost certainly” direct investments to surrounding states. (WKBN)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors will partner with a startup company to advance the automaker’s battery development in pursuit of higher electric vehicle driving range in a smaller package. (Reuters)
• A new utility partnership could bring additional EV charging stations to western Indiana. (WTHI)

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota lawmakers pass a bill exempting carbon dioxide stored underground from sales tax. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND:
• Developers announce plans for a 44 MW wind project in west central Illinois. (WLDS)
• Local officials in mid-Michigan plan to revisit its wind energy regulations following public concerns about planned projects. (Greenville Daily News)

NUCLEAR: A Missouri nuclear plant will receive more oversight from federal regulators as part of its annual assessment. (Fulton Sun)

COMMENTARY: Ohio lawmakers should bar utilities from using ratepayer funds for political advocacy to help move on from “an embarrassing chapter in the history of our state,” says a Lakewood, Ohio, city council member and solar advocate. (Columbus Dispatch)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.